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UK: Forests the size of tennis courts

Link to video here.

A film for People Fixing the World by Richard Kenny and Anna Holligan.

Hundreds of tiny forests are being planted in towns and cities around the world.
The British government has announced funding for 12 of them in the UK. But what’s the point of a forest the size of a tennis court?

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February 20, 2021   No Comments

Vegetable Plots Are Growing in Popularity for Home and Apartment Buyers

Meisje en dieren op een boerenerf, anonymous, c. 1900 – c. 1930

Developers are increasingly building “grow gardens” into single- and multi-family properties

By Ruth Bloomfield
Wall Street Journal
Feb. 10, 2021

Some people took up running during the pandemic, others turned to baking or bought a pet. Graham and Caralyn King found solace in growing their own food, a pastime to which the British have historically turned in times of crisis.

During World War II, for example, the British Government urged those left at home to “dig for victory” by growing produce in backyards and public parks to beat food shortages. The pandemic has cultivated a similar zest for homegrown fruit and vegetables—which hasn’t gone unnoticed by property developers.

With only a modest backyard at their home in the market town of Darlington, in northeast England, Mr. and Mrs. King gained more space for food growing by securing a $55-a-year allotment, small tracts of land which have traditionally been made available by local governments.

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February 16, 2021   Comments Off on Vegetable Plots Are Growing in Popularity for Home and Apartment Buyers

Composting Your Loved Ones

Recompose: Become soil when you die

From their website.

PHASE 1
The Cycle Begins:
Natural organic reduction (NOR), also known as human
composting, is powered by beneficial microbes that
occur naturally on our bodies and in the environment.

PHASE 2
The Laying In:
Our staff lay the body in a cradle surrounded by wood chips, alfalfa, and straw. The cradle is placed into a Recompose vessel and covered with more plant material.

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February 3, 2021   Comments Off on Composting Your Loved Ones

UK: Call the cavalry! Horses ride to rescue of an inner city garden

Plant force … PC Ben Ballard, right, riding Clyde, and PC Jo Brown on Iris create divots and trample in seeds at the Barbican Wildlife Garden. Photograph: Jill Mead/The Guardian

Mounted City of London police receive a surprise order: to help trample in wildflower seeds at the Barbican

By Phoebe Weston
The Guardian
Dec. 28, 2020

Excerpt:

The garden’s lead volunteer, Jo Rodgers, wanted grazing livestock to come and stamp in autumn seeds but there are none in London’s financial district. Instead, she called in the local police horses who came and walked around it for 30 minutes as part of their community engagement work. “In the countryside, you graze animals after you’ve cut the grass to help churn up the soil. We tried to think about getting in sheep or goats, and then we thought, ‘Horses!, we have them locally!’” she says.

Grazing animals play an essential role in maintaining traditional wildflower meadows because their hooves create dips and furrows that help push seeds into the soil and create microhabitats. More than 97% of the UK’s wildflower meadows have been lost since the second world war.

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January 3, 2021   Comments Off on UK: Call the cavalry! Horses ride to rescue of an inner city garden

UK: ‘They thought I was completely dotty’ Prince Charles says ‘no one wanted to know’ when he began talking about environmental issues in 1970s

He said: ‘I’ve been talking to quite a lot of the First Nations leaders in Canada over the last year, and it’s high time we paid more attention to their wisdom, and the wisdom of indigenous communities and First Nations people all around the world.

By James Robinson
Daily Mailonline
29 December 2020

Excerpt:

During the interview, conducted by award-winning writer Ms Atwood, Prince Charles also hit out at ‘conventional’ intensive farming methods and said farmers who pollute the environment should be made to pay.

The royal heir, who for the last 35-years has owned a 1,000 acre organic farm in Gloucestershire, said the overuse of chemicals, growth hormones and antibiotics in beef production, as well as an over-reliance on mono-culture cropping systems in agriculture, is damaging the environment.

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December 29, 2020   Comments Off on UK: ‘They thought I was completely dotty’ Prince Charles says ‘no one wanted to know’ when he began talking about environmental issues in 1970s

UK: Growing crops in cities will put an end to food waste

Coronavirus showed how vulnerable our global food supply chains are, but growing closer to home could also solve our waste problem

By Ellen Macarthur
Wired
23 December 2020

Excerpt:

In the current food system, when food flows into cities, organic waste is created in the form of discarded produce, by-products and sewage. This waste is full of nutrients that can be used to grow new food and create biomaterials, but in today’s system it is more likely to end up in landfill or go untreated. However, there are more viable – and greener – alternatives. In Italy, paper is already being made from pasta by-products, while orange peels, grape skins and excess milk are being turned into fabrics. In the UK, London has committed to ensuring that by 2026 no biodegradable or recyclable waste will be sent to landfill.

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December 29, 2020   Comments Off on UK: Growing crops in cities will put an end to food waste

Korea: Video of 2020 Seoul International Conference (Pre-Conference) (English)

Carbon Neutrality, Biodiversity, Sustainable Food System

14:00 – 14:50 1) Carbon Neutrality (Committee Member Jin-Deok Kim & Mr. Cheol Hwan Ahn) Eunha Jo

Speakers from Overseas

  • Nadina Galle (MIT Senseable City Laboratory Research Fellow – Netherlands)
  • William LoSasso (NYC Parks GreenThumb Director – USA)
  • Josh Whiton (Founder of MakeSoil – USA)

Speaker from Korea

  • Yong-Un Ban (University of Chungbuk, Department of Urban Engineering – Korea)
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December 15, 2020   Comments Off on Korea: Video of 2020 Seoul International Conference (Pre-Conference) (English)